M. Night Shyamalan is back in shape Knock at the hut, a suspenseful, well-crafted thriller that will leave audiences in suspense. The film — starring Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge and Rupert Grint — follows a family of three whose remote apartment building is invaded by four strangers. The quiet but obviously unnerved visitors explain that in order to save the world, the family must choose one of their own and sacrifice him willingly.
Known for his tortuous and overly ambitious – often flawed – projects, Shyamalan has directed numerous memorable films. However, his best images are those that keep the audience guessing, and Knock at the hut is the perfect example. The filmmaker takes what works in the source material and alters several key aspects to create a frightening, chilling, expertly told story about family and faith. Knock at the hut is among Shyamalan’s strongest efforts; He doesn’t bite off more than he can chew, instead presenting a deeply human story that makes excellent use of its setting and cast to reach an inevitable but satisfying climax.
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A home invasion and an apocalyptic future
The film’s premise allows the story to take place entirely in the remote rental apartment. Each of the four invaders – Leonard, Sabrina, Adriane, and Redmond – sacrifice themselves in turn each time the family refuses to choose someone to sacrifice. In turn, the family — fathers Eric and Andrew and their nearly 8-year-old adopted daughter Wen — becomes increasingly restless, especially as seemingly catastrophic events happen after each death of the invaders.
Andrew and Eric watch the bleak reports on TV, although their validity remains uncertain. Andrew, a human rights lawyer who was targeted years earlier for being gay, firmly believes the invaders are a cult suffering from hysteria and shared delusions, particularly after apparently recognizing Redmond as the man who killed him years ago attacked. On the contrary, Eric is more inclined to believe the intruders, although the concussion he suffered entering the cabin makes him doubt everything, even himself.
As the conspiracy advances and the intruders die one another, the family gains the upper hand. Despite spending the first half of the film tied to chairs, Eric and Andrew manage to escape after Adriane’s death when only Leonard and Sabrina remain. With his gun, Andrew shoots Sabrina dead even though it’s Leonard who kills her, unleashing another plague on humanity. With time running out, Eric and Andrew instruct Wen to hide in a nearby tree house while they talk to Leonard.
Desperate Leonard tells them that even after his death, they still have a few minutes to make up their minds; However, if they fail or refuse, humanity will end and only the three of them will remain. Leonard then cuts his throat as the sky turns gray and lightning strikes the ground, provoking multiple fires.
What happens at the end of Knock at the Cabin?
Eric, now sane, tells Andrew he believes the intruders’ words. He explains that each of the invaders were there to remind the family of the complexity of humanity: Leonard, a teacher, represented humanity’s leadership; Sabrina, a nurse, her ability to heal; Adriane, a cook, nurturing her ability; and Redmond, indeed the man who attacked Andrew, his inherent malice.
Eric compares them to the four horsemen of the apocalypse, concluding that perhaps several families throughout history have made the same sacrifice, and though humanity is greatly broken, it is beyond saving. Eric, whose words finally get through to Andrew, explains that it is he who must die. A resigned Andrew shoots him before heading to the tree house to comfort Wen.
Andrew and Wen use the intruders’ truck to drive away from the cabin, stopping at a nearby diner. They walk in and see the news that the disasters have stopped and finally learn that the invaders were telling the truth and that Eric’s sacrifice actually prevented the end of the world. Andrew and Wen find solace in this knowledge and drive off, ready to pick up the pieces and get on with their lives.